The Pentagon's DADT study—which surveyed active-duty members of the armed forces—discovered that 70 percent of the troops "don't care" if gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly in the military. TPM:

Officials familiar with the 10-month study's results have said a clear majority of respondents don't care if gays serve openly, with 70 percent predicting that lifting the ban would have positive, mixed or no results.... The survey is based on responses by some 115,000 troops and 44,200 military spouses to more than a half million questionnaires distributed last summer. The study group, led by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army Gen. Carter Ham, also visited various military bases and held town hall-style meetings with service members. The findings of troop opinions would reflect the view of the broader population. According to a November survey by the Pew Research Center, 58 percent of Americans say they favor allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces while 27 percent oppose.

Republican opponents of DADT's repeal will now get religion on the whole concept of "minority rights" and call for DADT to remain in force—how else can we protect the rights of the minority of troops who don't want to serve alongside open gays and lesbians?

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